The 4th Dubai International Parachuting Championship took place on 27Nov – 10 Dec at Skydive Dubai, the Palm Drop Zone. More than 1000 professional skydivers from all over the world competed in different categories for a significant prize exceeding AED 1.5 million. Yeah, I’d jump from an airplane for that kind of cash too! Actually, I’d do it for free just for the thrill, especially after my exceptional skydiving experience in Mauritius. Cant wait to do it again, wonder when and where that will be…
The event coincided with the 42nd UAE National Day celebrations and the announcement of Dubai’s win of the Expo 2020 bid, merriment was already up in the air, which made the aerobic spectacles that garnished the sky above Jumeirah Beach even more special.
Last year we attended the Parachuting Mondial at the same place, and we had such a great day out watching the daring landings and the air shows. We returned for more this year, the event has gotten smaller in scale, but we weren’t disappointed.
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“Man is not made for defeat” – Earnest Hemingway.
“That which does not kill us makes us stronger” – Friedrich Nietzsche
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“If we did all the things we are capable of we will literally astound ourselves” – Thomas A. Edison
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“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement” –W. Clement Stone
“Breath. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the one you know you have for sure”- Oprah Winfrey
Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see” – Confucius
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”–Henry Ford
“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear” –George Addair
“Be brave enough to live life creatively, the creative place where no one else has ever been”- Alan Alda
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it” – Henry Ford
“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do”- Georgia O’Keeffe
Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can” – Sun Tzu
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me” –Ayn Rand
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life” –John Lennon
“Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future”- Steve Jobs
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve” –Napoleon Hill
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky”- Rabindranath Tagore
“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it” –Charles Swindoll
” I cant change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sail to always reach my destination” Jimmy Dean
“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful” –Joshua J. Marine
“If the wind will not serve, take to the oars” –Latin Proverb
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined” –Henry David Thoreau
“Dream big and dare to fail” –Norman Vaughan
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart” – Confucius
“We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained” – Marie Curie
“It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live” – Mae Jemison
“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless” –Jamie Paolinetti
“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth best”- Epictetus
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away” –Maya Angelou
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage” –Anais Nin
How many parachutes you counted?
The UAE team did great in the competition and took away gold. I guess it was such a happy week for us in many ways.